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The many historic towns and villages found to the south of Norwich, between the city and the county’s border with neighbouring Suffolk, are well worth visiting on a cottage holiday. Visit the Roman settlement at Caistor St. Edmund just south of Norwich, or discover beautiful Diss, a delightful market town offering sixteenth century timber-framed houses built around the six acres of Diss Mere Lake. The walking route of Boudica’s Way starts here, and ramblers can make the journey back to Norwich along this famous trail. Harleston holds a market every Wednesday, whilst the village of Hingham boasts a plethora of period buildings.

Wymondham’s stunning Abbey, begun in the twelfth century, is worth seeing, and the town’s Heritage Museum gives an excellent insight into the history of this picturesque market town with its many historic buildings, timbered houses and lovely riverside walks. The Mid-Norfolk Railway is located here; making the journey by heritage train to nearby Dereham, and the lively Farmer’s market is certainly worth a look if you happen to be nearby on the third Saturday in the month. An array of excellent locally sourced produce, from cider to sausages, is on sale in the town square. If your visit doesn’t coincide, then the weekly Friday market is also a lively affair, taking place under the watchful gaze of the ancient Market Cross. Wymondham has some interesting shops, and a number of good pubs and tearooms, including the rather unique ‘Brief Encounter’ themed restaurant and tearoom at the town’s award-winning railway station, where you’ll also find a shop and railway museum.

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